I was on Instagram going through my timeline the other day when I realized how many naturalistas I have met since joining in late 2013. It occurred to me that I haven’t really talked about the beginnings of my natural hair journey which is now going on eight years. I honestly can’t get over the fact that I have been natural since the spring of 2009. Prior to that, I had relaxed hair and didn’t even know there was such a thing as, “going natural.” So I thought that I would share a brief “natural history” with all of my new readers and followers.
My hair journey started all because I couldn’t figure out why my hair was stuck at one length. At the time, my hair was dyed, relaxed and I used heat constantly. The reason for my stunted growth was pretty obvious but I was completely oblivious. My store bought, auburn hair color put my hair porosity levels on the high end which meant it was constantly dry. This was in addition to having a relaxer. The two chemical processes left my hair with twice the damage. Then there was the heat. I loved using heat on my hair everyday. Sure, I wrapped my hair at night, but I still did touch-ups with a curling iron or flat iron each morning before work. I basically didn’t know how to care for my hair. I just knew how to style it and there’s a big difference between the two. Continue reading “A Brief Natural Hair Journey Story”